Google’s $100 million to Canada’s news industry is a small price to pay to avoid regulation


The deal between Google and the federal government to resolve their dispute over paying for news online will come as a relief for the media industry in Canada.

News publishers were facing the prospect of disappearing from Google Search and other services — the equivalent of vanishing from the internet — after Google had threatened to block news links in response to the Online News Act. The deal is good news for Canadians, who had already seen news disappear from Facebook and Instagram in the summer after Meta carried out its threat to block news links rather than pay for them.

At the heart of the dispute is the Online News Act, also known as Bill C-18, which is due to come into force on Dec. 19.

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